Check out these awesome articles for some useful info on headshots for working actors:
Interview with another working actor:
How someone went from being a troublemaker on the streets to being one of the most authentic actors in New York City
1. Excellent Actor Website Design Tips
The five keys to a great actor website
Buying a domain name
Hosting your website
Designing the website
2. How Damion Made It
The qualities of a good leader
Building up a resume
Building up a reel with no footage or exposure
Opportunities for exposure vs. opportunities for money
3. How to Start Finding Jobs
Registering on casting sites
Being adamant and following through on all projects
Authenticity - How Damion books EVERYTHING he auditions for
4. Branding Yourself
What is branding?
Why branding is so important
Branding for multiple dimension characters
Investing in Your Acting Career
Adding value - Give and get…Don't give to get
Book: "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" - Delayed gratification
5. How to Consistently Move Towards Fame
Psychological shift that must take place for success
The Multiplier Effect: Getting at least 10x the value from each project you act in
The power of networking
A master of your dreams or a slave of reality
Surrounding yourself with the right people
Interview with an actor
When not acting in major productions, this actor writes for "The Working Actor" column on Backstage and also runs an excellent auditioning class called "Audition Psych 101."
Here are some of his top tips for actors looking to get more work:
1. Act for Free because:
You'll build a Network
Showing up consistently and applying your craft will lead to success
2. Auditioning Tips:
Psychology - being judged
It's not the best actor who gets the role, it's who they envisioned to be playing the part
Getting excited about it
The right actor vs. the good enough actor
It's about productivity and money
The "Shopping for a Suit" analogy
The four primary things casting directors are looking for
Doing your own projects - being a casting director yourself
Making a list of your accomplishments for confidence
The Working Actor Column
Excellent advice for actors
The importance of writing your own articles
Searching for an agent too soon
Meeting an agent through a personal recommendation
Knowing Your Type
Having self knowledge
Appealing to a narrow vs. wide range of roles
The primary things that are going through most minds of young people these days are:
1. I can be whatever I want to be and don't want to waste my time time working for someplace that might not lead me to my ideal job.
2. I have no need for money because my parents pay most of my expenses.
3. I see all these people becoming famous in the media and I want glory too, but don't understand how many years of hard work it takes.
The more of these that are true, the less they will understand the value of hard work and finding a job.
Fortunately, if they get a headshot done they will be much more likely to have an easy time finding a job, and so once they do get a job, they’ll start working and learn the value of hard work. It’s an easy way to reverse the process.
A good headshot will help them feel competent, confident, and eventually will give them a good work ethic too, as crazy as it sounds!